About 1stepweightloss

We are Devin Nakasone and Sharlene Aoki, and we started 1 Step in a Dream in 2012. Now, in our mid-40ʻs and early-50ʻs, we have a vision to help people transform themselves to truly live the life of their dreams...in their 40ʻs and beyond. Age holds no limitations, and with our experience, we are life transformation coaches who serve as guides on your own personal journey.

5 Fun Ways to Boost Weight Loss (and No, Diet & Exercise Are Not on the List)

Ever been on a weight loss plan and it worked great for awhile, but then you got bored with the same old routine day after day?  I have!  So I came up with 5 easy tips that may inject a little fun into your program.

  1. Infuse Your Water
    Drinking an adequate amount of water aids in weight loss, not only by making you feel full, but by burning more calories than you take in.  Studies have also shown that it increases metabolism.  But even though we know how good it is for us, sometimes it’s hard to get the recommended amount of water per day.  Infusing your water with fruits and herbs is a great way to add some flavor without many calories.  I like to add lemon, cucumber, mint and strawberries.  Not only does it taste good, but it looks pretty too.  You can get those nice, big, glass dispensers almost anywhere, and they also make water bottles with infusers.  
  2. Make Your Meals a Ritual
    When we are mindful and focus on enjoying our meals, we tend to eat slower, allowing our food to digest, and often leads to eating less.  We are more able to listen to our body, and tune into what it is telling us it needs for nutrition.  It disrupts unhealthy patterns due to stress or other types of emotional eating.  It allows a nice break where we can add beauty and gratitude in our day.
  3. Eat Healthy Foods Like Fruits and Vegetables First
    Iʻve heard of people drinking a glass of water before their meal to feel more full, but I believe that drinking water with your meal should be avoided as it disrupts digestion.  To fill myself up on healthier choices, I do eat some fruit first for breakfast or a salad or vegetables first for lunch or dinner.  There are also enzymes in fresh fruit and vegetables that help digestion and absorption of nutrients.
  4. Find a Buddy
    It is so much easier to stay on track when you are accountable to someone else.  Ideally, we should be able to make promises to ourselves and keep them, but unfortunately, thatʻs the first person we ignore many times.  Iʻve wanted to skip working out before, but because I gave someone my word I would be there, I was there.  Plus itʻs a lot more fun and having someone to support and motivate you definitely helps.
  5. Enjoy a Nice Cup of Cacao
    We talked about eating mindfully, which helps us keep a check on our emotional binging.  I also like to drink a cup of cacao every day.  Cacao contains a mood enhancer that helps me to de-stress and manage my cravings.  It provides a healthy dose of antioxidants and also aids digestion.  Actually, anything that slows you down and cuts down your stress will aid digestion I think.  Cacao is a superfood, and it tastes good!  Make sure to get a high quality brand…of course I drink only Tavala – ViiVa Bru, it is by far the best!

Doing the same thing for any length of time can become dull.  Hope these tips help in some way or may inspire other ideas that will keep you motivated and on the path to better health and fitness <3

Sleep and Weight Loss

Ever find that even when you eat less and exercise regularly, you still canʻt get rid of that excess fat?  There could be a number of contributing factors, but one thing you may want to try thatʻs fairly easy is getting more sleep.  Studies show that lack of sleep can possibly contribute to difficulty in losing weight and worse, gaining more!

For myself, I know that if Iʻm sleep deprived, I tend have less will power, and I canʻt control my cravings.  Also, after a restless night and a full day of work, I feel like I need to take a nap, and then Iʻm too lazy to go to the gym or if I do push myself and go, I donʻt have the same strength and focus as usual.

What I didnʻt know is that ongoing sleep deprivation could result in insulin resistance (which results in fat storage).  Additionally, deep sleep is where you produce growth hormone, and not enough of it may cause loss of muscle.  Yuck!  All that lifting weights for nothing! (lol)

Luckily, we have Snooze!  Snooze is one of the micromists from Tavala, and it provides a little burst of melatonin via a delivery system that sends it straight to your bloodstream.  Within a few minutes youʻre….ZzzZzz.
Tavala Snooze MicromistTavala Snooze Flyer

Here are some tips that may help you to fall asleep:

  • Donʻt drink caffeine 6 hours before bedtime
  • Donʻt drink too much liquid right before bedtime
  • Turn your TV, phone and computer off
  • Sleep in a dark room
  • Spray some lavender on your pillow and sheets (I also have rose oil next to my bed)
  • Take a cold shower before sleeping
  • Take your SNOOZE!

Tavala – ViiVa Trim for Pre-Workout and Fat Burning

Devin started out at 140 lbs (left) then dropped to around 128-130. Like many people who lose a lot of weight quickly with Tavala – ViiVa, he thought “ok, what now?” Losing more weight wasn’t really the answer, but he wasn’t completely happy with his body shape. He was what they call “skinny fat.” He kept using Tavala Trim for energy and as a pre-workout, and started lifting weights 4-5x a week. The Tavala – ViiVa Trim helped burn off excess fat and he added the Tavala protein shake to help build muscle. The result is the pic on the right. Although he’s still working on it, he’s happy with what Tavala – ViiVa and hard work have done so far.

Transform Your Body with Tavala’s Transformation Products

Tavala Transformation BoxDevin and I had been taking products from Tavala – ViiVa for about a year or so, and it helped us lose a few pounds and gave us great energy and focus.  Then this Transformation Challenge came up at the end of January and so I thought…I wonder what would happen if we really tried to take this to another level?  Tavala – ViiVa had just come out with their protein shake, so we added that into our regimen along with going back to working out.  Devin got serious right away (which is why he is much further along than I am), it took me maybe until the beginning of March to really jump on board and be disciplined about working out.  It’s been less than two months for me, and I really can’t believe the huge difference already.  I wish I had started earlier!  What’s really great is that the Tavala – ViiVa Trim works as a thermogenic and as a pre-workout…and it is an amazing appetite suppressant too.  I haven’t been really strict on my diet as I would like to be, but not being hungry all the time really helps to make better food choices.  The Tavala – ViiVa Protein Shake is perfect after workout…I just take one scoop which is about 15g protein, but Devin needs more protein since he’s trying to build muscle a lot more aggressively.  Tavala – ViiVa Control is perfect for leveling out my blood sugar, and keeps me from storing that extra sugar as fat.  It has helped a lot of people on our team get off their weight loss plateau, and more than a few have had big improvements in their blood sugar test results.

Eight years ago I used to eat super clean and worked out in the gym twice a day…and I have to say that I look about the same…without the struggle 🙂  Trying to put my limits, I plan on getting a little stricter the new few months…just to see what happens.  Stay tuned!

Being Your Own Best Friend…

Being your own best friend sounds easy, but it’s something a lot of us struggle with.  Instead of using our experience to inspire ourselves, we often beat ourselves up, or dwell in the past, or have other non-empowering thoughts.  And most times our judgments of ourselves come from expectations from other people that have been engraved into our unconscious…and probably have nothing to do with what is going on in our present.  Easier said than done, but all you really need to do is to take your power back by living your life for YOU, not for anyone else.  The only time you can truly come from a place of power is by living in the present.

Easy Tabata Workout

A lot of us find losing weight with Tavala – ViiVa Trim so easy that we get lazy with our exercising. I had to force myself to start working out again for the health benefits, plus when you lose weight fast, especially if you’re older like I am, your muscle lose tone and skin sags!! We don’t want that! This easy and fun workout only takes a little more than 10 minutes. We made a boo boo toward the end but that’s ok just keep going. LOL.

Easy Tabata Workout Video

Tavala – ViiVa Trim Ingredients – How Does It Work So Well?

So many people are getting such great results and in a relatively short period of time, which is making others ask the question, “What is in Tavala – ViiVa Trim that makes it work so fast?”  First of all Tavala- ViiVa Trim contains a proprietary blend, developed by a master formulator.  It does contain some pretty potent ingredients, but rest assured, they are all legal.  I’m going to post the ingredient label here and then will go over each a little further.

The first listed ingredient, and the main ingredient, is 1,5-Dimethylhexylamine hydrochloride or DMHA.  Our DMHA comes from the Kigelia Africana plant.  DMHA became popular fairly recently, as DMAA was banned.  DMAA is 1,3-Dimethylamylamine, and you need to be very careful when you Google, because sometimes DMAA will come up when you Google DMHA.  DMAA was highly effective, but also had some dangerous effects, which is why it was banned.  DMHA has been found to be similar in structure and almost as effective, but without the scary side effects.  Of course, if you are sensitive to stimulants, you need to be careful no matter what.  DMHA increases energy, focus and concentration, is a great appetite suppressant, and is also considered to be a bronchodilator.

The next ingredient is Phenylethylamine or PEA.  PEA (Phenylethylamine) is a natural chemical found in the body and is commonly referred to as the “Love Drug” – famous for being the component in chocolate that makes cocoa so appealing. This dopamine-boosting supplement is considered to be a powerful focus and concentration promoter, able to counteract signs of depression and anxiety. It is also said to increase productivity and mental drive, motivating your way to better mental performance. HOW IT WORKS: – Stimulates the release of dopamine and norepinephrine – Promotes positive mood and well-being – Curbs appetite and supports weight loss.

Most of us know what caffeine is, but I wanted to write what was written in our Tavala – ViiVa Trim handout about caffeine anyway.  Study after study suggests caffeine can improve memory, decrease fatigue, improve your mental functioning. It can improve your short-term memory and speed up your reaction times, according to a study presented in 2005 at the Radiological Society of North America. Caffeine may prevent weight gain: research out of Germany showed that weight loss study participants who drank 2-4 cups of caffeinated coffee a day were more likely to be successful at keeping the weight off than those who did not consume caffeine. Caffeine reduces chronic inflammation. Researchers from Stanford University found that caffeine blocks the expression of a gene responsible for low-grade chronic inflammation as we age. This inflammation eventually leads to high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and heart disease. Caffeine seems to help reduce this age-related inflammation in those that are regular consumers of the drug.

Green Tea Extract is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, protecting cells and molecules from damage by free radicals, improved health, reducing blood sugar levels and improving cholesterol and triglycerides.

Synephrine is a mild stimulant that increases your metabolism and acts as a fat burner which is also awesome for weight loss.  It has been compared to ephedra except without the negative cardiovascular side effects or negative effects to the central nervous system.  Our synephrine is synthetic, which is refined and less volatile than the synephrine from the bitter orange extract.

The other ingredients are familiar so I won’t go into their description here.

I understand a lot of people are sensitive to stimulants and I was one of them.  When I first tried Tavala – ViiVa Trim, I took 2 sips and I couldn’t handle any more.  I have suffered from panic and anxiety attacks in the past so any kind of stimulant could set me off.  I don’t drink regular coffee or caffeinated tea.  But my body did get used to the ingredients in Tavala – ViiVa Trim, to the point where I can drink half the bottle with no issues at all.  I have other friends who have had panic and anxiety attacks and they are able to drink it also.  If you do have any medical issues though, I would definitely check with the doctor.  And this is not for pregnant or nursing mothers nor for anyone that is under 18.

We do not treat or cure any disease or illness, nor do we try and diagnose any condition.  I hope this helped!  Please feel free to write me below if you have any questions or would like a sample of this amazing product!


Tavala Trim – For Our Loved Ones


healthy seniors

One of the main reasons Devin even considered joining a direct marketing company is because he knew, from past experience with his dad, that these companies always had the best products for health.  After his dad had passed suddenly, his mom’s health started declining, and he wanted to do anything possible to keep her healthy.  He did find some products that helped, but were still unable to help her achieve her dream, which was to get off meds.  We all want our parents and grandparents to be around as long as possible…but healthy, not bed-ridden.  It really warms my heart to watch my friends play with their GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN and knowing that they may be around to see their great-great-grandchildren?  Who wouldn’t want that?


Normally, Devin is the speaker, and I am the writer.  But when he does write, it always comes from the heart.  So I wanted to share a post that he had written right when we had started Tavala.

“Many of you know I’m taking and promoting Tavala. Many of you know that it’s for weight loss, boosts your metabolism and gives energy. Many of you know how much my mom means to me. Many don’t know that I promised my dad on his last breath on Earth that I would take care of mom and he can go in peace. I’ve been searching endlessly for something to do more than stabilize my mom’s health. I’ve found many great things thru the years, but she’s always just been “stable.”  Well…I want more. She deserves that. We all do. Without making any medical claims but sticking to only facts, she was on the Tavala Trim for 2 weeks and then took a blood test. She got her results 2 weeks later. Her blood pressure had gone down, her cholesterol had gone down, her sugar had gone down and…she lost 6 lbs!!!  Something that has never happened like this!!  Again, not a medical claim but Tavala Trim is the only thing she did differently in her daily routine. Since then, I have her on Tavala Trim, Tavala Control, Brü and the Quantum Relief Strips. I thank God for Tavala. I thank God that I can share it with people I love and care about. I thank God that my mom is healthier. I thank God as my dad is smiling down upon us… and if anyone, anyone…wants a sample of this, all you gotta do is ask. I’ll be more than happy to send it to you or meet you.”

Update:  Since that post, Devin’s mom’s doctor said she could get off ALL her medication, with proper monitoring.  She has also lost 20 lbs. and that was always an impossible dream for her as she has always dealt with a thyroid condition.

It’s really never too late to make a change to better your health.  It’s such a cliché but so true–if you don’t take care of yourself for you, do it for the ones that care about you.  As Devin said, if you’d like to get more information or try a sample, please just ask.

Tavala Trim – Blast Your Belly Fat!

Tavala Trim - Feeing the BulgeOh yes, it’s the dreaded belly fat blog!  I want to go back about four months and tell you guys how I got started on Tavala Trim.  Now I’m gonna say “belly fat” for the most part.  Guys will also say “spare tire” or “love handles.”  Or for us girls, we’ll call it “muffin top”.  Oh, but since I prefer cupcakes, I’m gonna call mine “cupcake top”.  But whatever pet name we call the darn thing, it is what it is…belly fat!  And for a lot of people out there, it’s the toughest fat to lose.  Now I’m not diet and nutrition expert, nor am I a fitness trainer, but I am a scientist when it comes to my own body, and maybe some of you can relate.

Tavala Trim - Amazing Fat Burner

When I was growing up, I never had any problems with belly fat.  It was always the last place on my body to gain weight.  But after my 40’s and now in my 50’s and heading toward menopause, I find that it is now the first place I gain and once it’s there, it doesn’t want to leave!  I’ve read that it’s because of our lower estrogen levels, instead of storing the fat on our hips and thighs, it wants to store on our tummy.  Thanks hormones!


The next thing that has affected my ability to lose belly fat is a lower metabolic rate.  In order to keep my metabolism up, I had to work out like crazy!  Many of you have seen what we used to do…kids that were in their 20’s and 30’s were almost passing out and there we were, the AARP generation, going for it!  Now that was fun and all, but it was really tough to maintain the 3-4x a week high intensity workouts because my schedule just got so busy while building our business, plus I had all kinds of injuries and let’s face it, even though I could do the workouts, my older body needed more recovery time than it was getting.  So while I was working out a lot for those couple years, I got spoiled with being able to eat 1800-2500 cals and still maintain.  Try eating like that for a couple months and not work out!  It wasn’t just the amount, it was the kind of food…soda, fast food, sugar, ice cream…and yes, cupcakes!  And where did those cupcakes go?  To the cupcake top of course!

Next LevelThat went on for maybe 3 months, and that was enough.  I knew what I needed to do but because I was so busy and had no time to workout anymore, and no energy from all the horrible food I was eating, I sing in a band, and often there are people with cameras on us, and later on I would look at the pics with my cupcake top hanging out in all its glory (that’s me on the left).  This did not please me.  lol.  We had been in Tavala for 4 months and Devin was drinking it, but since I was super sensitive to caffeine, I could drink the Tavala Trim.  Then…Manel, the other girl who sings with us, went on vacation to San Diego for a couple weeks.  She had also been drinking Tavala Trim for maybe a month or so.  When she came back…BOOM!  She had lost 10 lbs!  Just like that!  I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was like she got a scissors and chopped off part of her body.  At that point, I decided, I was going to figure a way to get over that caffeine sensitivity so I could drink this thing!

Long story short, I started drinking Tavala Trim in June, just 1/2 packet or less a day, and I lost a big Next Levelslice of that cupcake, plus it makes me feel like I took a happy pill!  I still have a ways to go, especially with a lot of factors against me, but it just feels so great to be able to fit into my pants without cutting off my circulation or having to hold my breath in while buttoning my jeans (btw this is a pic from our gig 2 months after I started with Tavala Trim, and Manel is on the right, looking all svelte).  What makes Tavala work so well is that it combines a fat burner with ingredients that increase your metabolism, curb your appetite, increase your energy and focus, and improve your mood.  Doesn’t that sound like a dream come true weight loss product?

It’s not only middle-aged women that are benefitting from Tavala Trim, but here is a pic of my friend’s son.  Tavala Trim helped him get rid of his belly fat in a little over a month, I think.  Guys just seem to lose it faster (not fair), plus he’s young 🙂
Tavala Trim - Kyle Before and After

Tavala Trim in glass

In another blog later, I will go more into detail on how I am working toward losing the last of this belly fat.  I wanted to cover it here but I didn’t realize I wrote so long already!  But if you want more information on Tavala Trim (including how you get a free sample) you can click any of the links that say “Tavala Trim” and if you want to know more about the business and other great products you can CLICK HERE.


Until next time, I hope you all have an amazing week!

Last 5 Pounds!

I know a lot of you are like me, yo-yo weight gain and then lose it, up and down, up and down, but never quite losing those last 5 lbs! So here I am again, and while I don’t have that same motivation to lose weight as before, as it’s coming down to pre-holiday season, I’m kinda thinking it would be nice to try burning these last few pounds of fat and getting a new dress for New Year’s!

I found this interesting article on the last 5 lbs, you might want to check it out: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/lose-the-last-5-pounds

The other reason I wanna do it now is for that sense of accomplishment, and to show that Tavala Trim works for everyone and their different needs. I make myself a guinea pig a lot of times so that I can help others who have the same challenges as I do. I am super sensitive to caffeine but found a way that I can take Tavala Trim and now it’s become my happy pill!

What is Tavala Trim?

What is Tavala Trim?

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Weight Loss Success Stories with Tavala – ViiVa Trim!

Since we heard about Tavala – ViiVa Trim back in around February, we have had many of our friends and family try it, and a lot of them have gotten amazing results! It’s difficult because so many of us have been through so many diet programs and products…do we really want to spend the money and get our hopes up again? Luckily, many of these people said “YES!” and have gotten these great results in a relatively short amount of time. Not only is it really easy…no special diet, just one berry-flavored drink or capsule per day…but because it was developed by an expert formulator, there is something about the blend of ingredients that just works! Tavala – ViiVa Trim is hands down the best weight loss product out there today. Tavala – ViiVa Trim is a metabolism booster, fat burner, appetite suppressant, and gives you energy that lasts with no jitters and no crash. Watch the video to see how Tavala – ViiVa Trim is transforming lives! And then enter your name and mailing address below for a FREE SAMPLE!